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Olympics-Sailing-Britons bag two sailing golds, Brazil win women's 49er FX

ENOSHIMA, Japan :Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell scored a sensational victory in the men's 49er class medal race to take gold on Tuesday, with Giles Scott winning another gold for the country in the men's Finn class shortly afterwards.

ENOSHIMA, Japan -Britain's Dylan Fletcher and Stuart Bithell scored a sensational victory in the men's 49er class medal race to take gold on Tuesday, with Giles Scott winning another gold for the country in the men's Finn class shortly afterwards.

In the first medal race of the day, Brazil's reigning Olympic champions Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze won the women's 49er FX event. Germany's Tina Lutz and Susann Beucke took silver, while Dutch sailors Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz brought home the bronze.

In the Finn class, Scott held off Zsombor Berecz of Hungary, who took the silver medal, and third-placed Joan Cardona Mendez.

British duo Fletcher and Bithell edged out 2016 Olympic champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke of New Zealand, who took the silver, with Germany's Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel taking the bronze.

In second place in the overall standings coming into the medal race, Fletcher and Bithell crossed the finish line a mere two seconds ahead of the Germans.

That left them on 58 points - the same number as the Kiwis - but their better showing in the medal race saw them snatch gold.

"It was close. I guess gold medals are often won on fine margins and so to do it there, I think it was fantastic, hopefully a good race for the fans ... very stressful but amazing," Fletcher told reporters.

In second place coming into the women's medal race, the Brazilians kept their cool as the fleet battled for position, with the Dutch pairing, who started the race first in the overall standings, slipping down the fleet.

With the lowest total points winning the competition, Grael and Kunze finished the race with a total of 76 points, beating the Germans (83 points) and the Dutch (88 points) to take the gold.

"There was a lot of close points and we knew we just needed a clear lane to sail fast, and we managed to get that after the start and we're very glad that it worked out," Grael told reporters.

The two 49er medal races were among those postponed from Monday due to a lack of wind at the harbour, and competitors were glad to get out on the water after a day of inactivity as winds picked up on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Lincoln Feast, Karishma Singh and Himani Sarkar)

Source: Reuters

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